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  • ALLY KARSYN
  • Mon July 06 2015
  • Posted Jul 6, 2015
Volunteer group peddles legacy of man who died during RAGBRAI

When a Siouxland cyclist died doing what he loved, he left behind a wife and family and basement full of bikes – many of them in pieces.

For several years, Frank Brinkerhoff had been collecting tires, tubes, reflectors, pedals and frames to fix up free bicycles for children. While he made mechanical repairs, he also repainted and personalized each two-wheeled wonder with the child’s favorite color or superhero or something else to make it better than new.

Possibly the last one he gave away went to a teenage boy who had lost his bike to flooding in Rock Valley, Iowa, where the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa started last year. Four days later along the route, the president of Siouxland Cyclists went to sleep at an overnight stop in Mason City and never woke up. He was 74.



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